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John 1:46

ESV Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
NIV "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
NASB Nathanael said to him, 'Can anything good be from Nazareth?' Philip *said to him, 'Come and see.'
CSB "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him. "Come and see," Philip answered.
NLT Nazareth!' exclaimed Nathanael. 'Can anything good come from Nazareth?' 'Come and see for yourself,' Philip replied.
KJV And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
NKJV And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

What does John 1:46 mean?

Nazareth was a tiny community. It likely had no more than five hundred people during Jesus' earthly ministry. Nazareth was located north of Jerusalem, southwest of the Sea of Galilee, well beyond Samaria. Being so small, and not adjacent to major cities, it was the last place one would expect anything interesting to happen.

Calling someone a "Nazarene" in that culture would have been like a modern American referring to them as a "bumpkin," or even a "hillbilly." Nathanael's question is more than a little sarcastic. He assumes Nazareth couldn't produce much of worth, let alone the long-awaited Promised One (Daniel 9:25). Philip's response is not to argue, but simply to invite. He knows already that talking about Jesus is nothing like meeting Him in person.

Philip's invitation echoes the one Jesus gave to Andrew and John (John 1:39). Too many people want God to come to them—usually with a miracle or overt message (Matthew 16:4; 1 Corinthians 1:22–23)—but knowing Him is as simple as deciding to draw closer to Him (James 4:8; John 6:37).
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